You’ll Soon Be Able to Walk and Bike Between Elizabeth and Staten Island

Goethals Bridge Bike Walk Path 1
New Goethals Bridge mixed-use path. Rendering courtesy of PANYNJ.

Although Elizabeth and Staten Island are situated directly across the Arthur Kill from each other, getting from the Union County seat to New York City’s smallest borough without a car is far from an easy task. The old Goethals Bridge, which was torn down in January after serving commuters for 90 years, did not have an open pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. There are also no bus or passenger train lines that directly connect Elizabeth and Staten Island.

However, traveling between the Garden State and the Empire State by foot or on two wheels will soon get a lot easier as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) prepares to open the pedestrian walkway and bike path on new Goethals Bridge. Steve Coleman, a spokesperson for the agency, told Jersey Digs that the pathway, which will be 10 feet wide, is now expected to open this fall. It will connect Elizabeth’s Bayway neighborhood with the Old Place section of Staten Island and be located on the north span, allowing for views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, Downtown Newark, and the Watchung Mountains in the distance.

Pedestrians have not been able to travel between Elizabeth and Staten Island for decades, but The New York Times reported that when the old Goethals Bridge first opened, pedestrians could cross for five cents while horse-drawn carriages could cross for 50 cents.

Meanwhile, the pedestrian walkway on the west side of the Bayonne Bridge is now expected to open in the summer of 2019, according to Coleman. The pathway, which runs from West 4th Street in Bayonne to Morningstar Road in Staten Island’s Mariners Harbor neighborhood, has been closed since 2013 to allow for the bridge to be raised by 64 feet. Those without a car who needed to travel across the Kill Van Kull have turned to the PANYNJ’s occasional shuttle bus and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s S89 bus as alternatives.

Currently, the only way to walk from New Jersey to New York City is by taking the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. The Outerbridge Crossing in Perth Amboy does not have an open walkway and pedestrians cannot access the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels.


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  1. Looking forward to this. Hope there is something on both sides too!! I thought there was a bus line from nj to si, via Goethals.

    • @David Frantz, how do you do that from NJ, I would love to ride to JFK from NJ but which ferry are you referring to and where do you get it?

  2. In the 1990s, and later than 1991, I walked on the old Goethals on foot and in fact took photos from the bridge of the Kill and surrounding territory. amazing view. Janine Bauer

  3. So when is it opening exactly? It should have been open already but contractors always have “finishing touches” to do…

  4. Hope they’ll open it before it’s too cold to walk or bike ride over it! My husband tried to bike it this past weekend and was stopped by authorities! He’s 76 and wants to do it again before he’s too old-did it many times years ago!

  5. last i heard was possibly January. Was supposed to be end of summer .
    beyond me why this is dragging out for so long.

  6. I Called the Bridge and Tunnel People and This Clueless Woman Doesn’t know anything! And Didn’t say Much, Can Someone Take this Dum-ass Woman’s Job, She’s Not Friendly at All!

  7. Yea, We can Link New York To New Jersey, with the New Bike Lanes, But you Notice that They Make Us Wait Extra Long, Always When its a Good Thing, They Make us Wait, They Love Doing this Shit!

  8. Tried to ride over today as “lane closed” sign is gone. Was kindly told the new timeline is moved to end of June. Both ends seem to be open… I guess if no workers are present you can make it.

    • Sorry I mislead you! This is total BS. There’s nothing left to do with it, 3xcept open the gate leading our to N Goethals Rd on the SI side.

  9. this has been done for months . Literally since October or so .
    a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday night , it looks like they opened it up
    to a bunch of people . There were 3 cop cars on the highway near the entrance on the Staten Island side
    but the gate was locked . Obviously the people were coming from the jersey side .
    Maybe for the workers family’s or something to that effect . I don’ know .
    Dying to use this . Hope it opens soon , especially with the good weather coming .

  10. I saw a Bayonne cop by the entrance of the bridge because I was coming back from a ride from Bayonne to Weehawken and bac ( 35 miles ) because the entrance to the bridge was closed because they were putting Ez Pass signs up on the Staten Island side on Saturday. So I asked him does he know when the walkway would be finished he said very soon so is Christmas.


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